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Apple starts selling the Nest smart thermostat

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In a huge win for startup Nest, which makes a connected learning thermostat, Apple(s AAPL) has now started selling the Nest thermostat through its online store (hat tip The Verge). If you recall, Nest founder Tony Fadell was the former chief architect at Apple where he led the development of the iPod and the first three versions of the iPhone. He left Apple three years ago to start Nest.

Not surprisingly Apple and Nest share a similar design sensibility, and the Nest thermostat can also be controlled via an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. When Nest first launched its thermostat, I called it “a thermostat Steve Jobs would love.”

The Nest thermostat (in cooling mode).

Not to be too dramatic, but I think this is the most important move ever for a next-generation digital thermostat. Most consumers don’t care a lick about their thermostat and most thermostats are not ever programmed, which leads to major inefficiencies and wasted home energy. If Nest can make its learning thermostat a cool and coveted item (like the iPhone), it could change consumers’ relationships with thermostats and home energy and could lead to significant reductions in home energy consumption.

If you’ve been following Nest, then you probably know that thermostat giant Honeywell(s HON) slapped it with a lawsuit earlier this year, alleging patent infringement. Nest responded to the lawsuit by bringing on Apple’s former Chief Intellectual Property Officer Richard “Chip” Lutton as its new vice president and general counsel.

Apple started selling Nest’s thermostat after the lawsuit was filed. The thermostat is also being sold via Best Buy(s BBY) and via Nest’s online store.

12 Responses to “Apple starts selling the Nest smart thermostat”

  1. FPSWin

    I would say its worth your money as you can save a lot of energy using this smart Nest thermostat. It can learn from you daily behavior can can adjust itself. I like how you can control it remotely as well.

  2. Lawrence R

    I am a housing inspector. I have noticed that the people who waste the most energy are the poor. I would never have thought it, as soon as they get on those programs that pay the majority of their bill each winter, they crank that thermostat up higher. I doubt I will find NEST in their apartments.

  3. Obsidian71

    The Nest Thermostat is an appcessory. There’s an iOS app for control/management which makes this product every bit as worthy of being sold by Apple.

    • blaargh

      Apple sells a ton of 3rd party items that coexist with their ecosphere, it makes perfect sense. So yes, Tony F most likely would have approved. It’s completely obvious Apple has no interest in servicing the home thermostat market, so why not showcase a product that works seamlessly with Apple tech? Win-win.

    • George

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  4. Murali

    seems to me that Apple may be losing “Focus” :-). If Tony F had not been with Apple, do you think Apple would have carried the device?